Dani Klein – BScPsych(Hons), GradDip Family Therapy, MClinPsych, MAPS, MAHPRA.
Dani Klein is a clinical psychologist/psychotherapist and has worked in both the private and public sectors in many parts of Sydney, with a variety of different mental health populations. She completed her undergraduate degree at UNSW and did her clinical masters at Macquarie University. She also has specialist training in family therapy.
With well over 23 years of experience, Dani has worked predominantly with adolescents and their families and adults. After beginning her career in the Acute Psychiatric Ward at Nepean hospital, she moved to an Adolescent and Family team in the community health sector in Sydney’s south west. She then moved into Sydney’s East and was the Clinical Team Leader at an adolescent service (WAYS) based in Bondi Beach for ten years before starting her own family. As part of this service she designed and implemented workshops and seminars for adolescents aimed at issues such as sex, sexuality, self-esteem, body image and drugs and alcohol.
In addition to workshops with the young people, Dani has built up a reputation for her highly informative seminars on parenting – right through from the primary into the senior part of high school. These have been highly successful both within a lecture format as well as more intimate group-seminar style. She regularly presented (and entertained) schools and other forums on issues to do with adolescents, resilience, parenting, tweens, drugs and alcohol, surviving the HSC etc.
In 2004, Dani took on the job of in-house consultant clinical psychologist within a private girls’ school in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. Within this context, she continued to work with young women and their families. She also developed a keen interest and expertise in working with young women and the issues relating to self harm as well as eating disorders.
Throughout her work within the government and school settings, Dani always had a private practice. It is here that Dani largely worked with adults as well as adolescents.
Now as one of the founders of “The Space” – Dani works within a psychodynamic model with adolescents and adults. She believes passionately in the idea that the human psyche is incredibly complex and that many people today are after a quick fix. The idea of just medication or very brief/superficial therapy is something she believes is not where real long lasting change occurs.
Dani works with her individual patients at a deeper level and aims to get to an understanding of resolving some of the more complex aspects to emotional distress. She works with unconscious processes and aims to not only alleviate the most obvious symptoms but to help people lead healthier lives. She works with issues ranging from: depression, anxiety, marital distress, grief and loss, parenting issues, relationship difficulties, adjustment issues, sexuality and eating disorders.